I kind of like not trying to have this blog be a series of carefully-constructed articles, because I can do meandering posts like this one. Anyway.
Last night we wound up playing InSpectres for the first time. We’d never played anything quite like it before, and it totally clicked perfectly right away. It helped that Mike was so on top of the GMing part; the GM has less creative control in that game, but IMO is every bit as important, if not more so, to making it happen.
I got to flip through his shiny new copy of BESM3e, which he picked up while he was in Berkeley to see Robotech: Shadow Chronicles (while I was home with a cold and lots of translation work, from which this post is in fact a distraction). Still waiting for my copy to come in the mail from Amazon, but then I paid $26 for it, so I can’t complain. I’m not sure what to say about it, especially since I haven’t really read much of any of it yet, but it seems very much like the game that comes after BESM1e and BESM2e, in good ways and bad ways. There tons of full-color art, though I recognized a lot of it from earlier BESM stuff, from second edition, d20, and various sourcebooks, including covers. It’s all the really over-the-top color CG stuff, naturally. Although there are bigger numbers (stats are 10/level) to deal with, and optional rules for tweaking the hell out of Attributes, it doesn’t seem like it was made all that much more complicated, though I still think OVA will be my go-to game for that kind of thing.
Mike’s co-worker who was joining us for gaming the second time, mentioned about a card game one of his friends had showed him called Thing Game Sucks, which is about participants running out of patience at a bad RPG session. I don’t normally like card games (or board games, or war games), but this one was too intriguing to pass up. I found the (tiny) publisher’s website, and ordered it. I will post about it when it arrives.
The Dictionary of Mu and The Shab-al-Hiri Roach both came in the mail yesterday too. Happy dance. :3
I also wound up coming up with a concept for another, as yet unnamed, anime RPG, which is now starting to come together (just when I’m too busy to really commit much time to it…). More on that later.
Addendum (January 30, 11:38 a.m.)
Just got my copy of BESM3e in the mail (like, the mailman handed me the box from Amazon 5 minutes ago, so I haven’t even opened it just yet. I also gave into temptation and ordered some Japanese TRPGs from Amazon Japan:
- Alshard ff
- RuLiLuRa (which I totally can’t say at all)
- Arianrhod (which was apparently published in a bunko/little paperback format for about 700 yen)
- The latest issue of Role&Roll, which AFAIK is Japan’s main tabletop RPG magazine.
I also got some manga (Rozen Maiden, Genshiken, and Yotsubato! all came out with new volumes), and caved in and got those “Moe Moe” guides to ancient and modern weapons.
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